Originally Posted by Blue Stocking
I know of 2 of these launches. The Kitchen gear
is all externally mounted on the transom, and consists of 2 deck
operated helmsman tiller type levers. 1 orientates the clamshells for directional control, and the other closes the clamshells to reverse thrust. Both of these boats where fitted with Buda diesels without transmissions. I will see if I can get some photos.
I have designed, with the help of my naval architect, a system whereby the helm
would be a conventional wheel
and the opening and closing of the clam shells would be via a gear type lever along side the actual gear lever, which will only be required to place the engine
in forward. If I was building from new, I'd make things much simpler by just having a reduction box and clutch
, without the need for a reverse gear.